• Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • J. Mike Walker ‘66 Faculty Fellow I
  • Affiliated Faculty, Materials Science and Engineering
Matt Pharr

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University – 2014
  • S.M., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University – 2010
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rice University – 2008
  • B.A., Materials Science, Rice University – 2008

Research Interests

    • Chemo-mechanics and electro-chemo-mechanics
    • Deformation and fracture of soft materials
    • Materials for energy storage and conversion
    • Biomechanics of plants, e.g., for bioenergy production
    • Mechanics of irradiated materials, e.g., for medical devices
    • Lithium-ion batteries
    • Mechanics of microelectronics, flexible/wearable electronics, and materials for neuromorphic computing

Awards & Honors

  • 2022 College of Engineering TEES Young Faculty Fellow
  • 2021 The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society Light Metals Division- Young Leaders Professional Development Award
  • 2021 The Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching
  • 2020 Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholars Award
  • 2020 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2019 Kaneka Junior Faculty Award
  • 2019 Peggy L. & Charles Brittan ’65 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2017 Haythornthwaite Research Initiation Grant Award through ASME AMD
  • 2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2010 & 2011Harvard University Distinction in Teaching Award
  • 2010 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
  • 2008 Alan J. Chapman Award in Mechanical Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Cole D. Fincher, Daniela Ojeda, Yuwei Zhang, George Pharr, and Matt Pharr. “Mechanical Properties of Metallic Lithium: from Nano to Bulk Scales.” Acta Materialia 186, 215-222 (2020).
  • Seunghyun Lee, Omid Zargar, Carl Reiser, Qing Li, Anastasia Muliana, Scott A. Finlayson, Francisco E. Gomez, and Matt Pharr. “Time-dependent Mechanical Behavior of Sweet Sorghum Stems.” Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 106, 103731 (2020).
  • Seunghyun Lee and Matt Pharr. “ ‘Sideways’ and stable crack propagation in a silicone elastomer.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116 (19), 9251-9256 (2019).
  • Yuwei Zhang, Yuting Luo, Coleman Fincher, Scott McProuty, Garrett Swenson, Sarbajit Banerjee, and Matt Pharr. “In-Situ Measurements of Stress Evolution in Composite Sulfur Cathodes.” Energy Storage Materials 16, 491-497 (2019).
  • Yuhao Liu, Matt Pharr, and Giovanni Salvatore. “Lab-on-Skin: A Review of Flexible and Stretchable Electronics for Wearable Health Monitoring.” ACS Nano 11 (10), 9614-9635 (2017).